About Us

Philosophy

Every individual deserves the quality of life he or she wants when facing a serious illness or near life’s end.

Mission

To care for individuals and families with compassion, support, and expertise as they navigate the end of life or life-changing illness.

Vision

The right care at the right time, providing the best possible experience for patients and families in our community facing the end of life or life-changing illness.

History

1979
1980s – 1990s
2000s
2010 – 2015
2016 – 2019

1979

Hospice of Wake County is formed, with one staff member and 20 volunteers. The first patient admitted is a young child with leukemia, and five more patients are served that year.

The first Board of Directors of Hospice of Wake County includes Dr. Billy Dunlap (hematologist and oncologist in Raleigh), Kathleen Townsend (primary-care nurse at Rex Hospital), and Derenda James (nurse at WakeMed).

1979

1980s – 1990s

Hospice of Wake County (HOWC) institutes a popular fundraiser – Oktoberfest – held for 17 years in Cameron Village and for three years in North Hills.

HOWC receives Medicare.

1980s – 1990s

2000s

We launch our Palliative Care program, the first of its kind in North Carolina.

Marketing begins on our capital campaign’s private phase.

North Carolina’s Council of State awards 8.7 acres of land for the area’s first free-standing hospice facility to be built off Trinity Road in Cary.

2000s

2010 – 2015

Hospice of Wake County opens the area’s first free-standing hospice facility. In 2011, the campus is dedicated as the Reid S. Towler Campus, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Towler and his $1 million gift in 2010.

Hospice of Wake County and Hospice of Harnett County merge to enhance access to non-profit hospice care.

In 2013, the Board of Directors approves a name change to Transitions LifeCare to reflect our offerings of more than “hospice” care and service to patients well beyond “Wake County.”

Guiding Lights and Transitions LifeCare form a partnership to improve efficiencies of both organizations.

Transitions Kids is introduced.

2010 – 2015

2016 – 2019

A $6 million campaign is completed, allowing for the construction of ten additional rooms in the Hospice Home.

Transitions HospiceCare is named a Hospice Honors recipient in 2017 and a Hospice Honors elite recipient in 2018 and 2019.

Transitions PalliativeCare becomes largest provider of palliative care services in North Carolina.

2016 – 2019

Team

Service Area

Transitions LifeCare offers a variety of expert care and support services in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties. To learn more about any particular service in your area, call 919.828.0890 or 888.900.3959 (toll free).

Diversity & Inclusion

At Transitions LifeCare, everyone is welcome.  We are committed to providing an exceptional care experience to everyone. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability to pay, or language(s) spoken. We strive to treat you with respect and get to know you as an individual so we can provide the best possible care for you and your loved ones. We recognize that…

  • Creating awareness supports compassion.
  • Involving people from different perspectives creates more open doors.
  • Valuing contributions of people from diverse backgrounds helps build a better system to deliver care.
  • Inclusion helps everyone grow.

We embrace diversity of thought, background, experience, practice, and expression and actions that support inclusion. Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Making inclusion part of our strategic plan
  • Providing LGBTQ-inclusive and cultural humility training for staff
  • Racial Equity Institute Groundwater training
  • Seeking out methods to recruit a diverse workforce

Still have questions about us?

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